FLUSHING, N.Y., May 25, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced the team selected the contract of righthanded pitcher Jack Egbert from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League and optioned lefthanded pitcher Robert Carson to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League. Egbert will wear #61 and will be available for tonight’s game.
Egbert, 29, went 2-3 with a 2.08 ERA (six earned runs/26.0 innings) in 17 games, one start, for the Bisons this season. His lone start came on May 20 at home against Indianapolis, a 4-1 defeat in which Egbert tossed 2.0 innings and allowed three hits and two runs, one earned.
The Mets claimed Egbert, a Staten Island, NY native who played at Rutgers University, off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on September 25, 2009. The 6-3, 220-pound righthander missed all of 2010 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in April of that year. Over eight minor league seasons, Egbert is 48-56 with a 3.51 ERA (338 earned runs/866.0 innings) in 195 games, 141 starts.
Originally selected by Chicago in the 13th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Egbert made his major league debut with the White Sox in 2009 and appeared in two games. He allowed eight runs, earned, in 2.2 innings in what is his only major league action to date.
Carson, 23, did not record a decision in two games with the Mets. He allowed two runs, earned, in 3.0 innings (6.00 ERA).